September tours & orientations

Stanford Libraries offer special tours at the beginning of Fall Quarter, many specifically designed for incoming students. Tours of these libraries, as well as of the subject-specific libraries not listed here, can also be arranged by appointment.

Green Library

New graduate students

Come to Green Library for a librarian-led tour of the building. Each tour will last an hour. Tours will begin at the Green Library East entrance (red fountain entrance) on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 3-4 pm (This session includes a panel discussion. A tour of the David Rumsey Map Center will follow this tour.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 3-4 pm (This session includes a panel discussion. A tour of the David Rumsey Map Center will follow this tour.)

For more information, see Green Library.

Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

New students and parents

Learn about the library's circulating and Locked Stacks collections in art, architecture, and design, as well as its scanning and multimedia stations, and its quiet places to study. Tours will be held:

  • Monday, Sept. 16, 11 am-12 noon and 2-3 pm

New graduate students

Specialized tours for new graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History are scheduled as part of their departmental orientations. However, new graduate students from all departments are welcome to attend the tours on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11-11:30 am
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 11-11:30 am 

Students should gather in the Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), located on the 2nd floor of the McMurtry Art & Art History building

Library orientations are required for all declared undergraduate majors and minors in art history, studio art, and film and media studies; these orientations are scheduled on an individual basis throughout the year.

For more information, see Art & Architecture Library (Bowes).

David Rumsey Map Center

Following tours of Green Library, students will take a tour of the David Rumsey Map Center, located in Green Library, Bing Wing, 4th floor. The Center boasts cartographic information in all formats, presents exhibits, provides interactive tools (large presentation screen, touch screen, Oculus Rifts and Hololens), and supports GIS applications Students are welcome to stay after these tours to continue to explore and enjoy the resources in the Center.

Tours of the David Rumsey Map Center are also offered year-round; contact the David Rumsey Map Center for more information.

New graduate students

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 4pm

Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner)

Orientation sessions for incoming School of Earth Sciences students are arranged at the beginning of Fall Quarter. Orientations for other students and researchers are available for the Earth Sciences Library, Map Collections, and GIS Services, and can be arranged year-round.

For more information, see Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner).

Engineering Library (Terman)

New graduate students

All new graduate students are invited to a demonstration of the amazing array of science and engineering resources provided by the science and engineering libraries at Stanford. Demos will be held in the Mackenzie Room (3rd floor) of the Huang Center on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Individual and small group tours can be scheduled by contacting the Engineering Library.

You'll learn about research databases, e-books, e-journals, and tools to help you organize your research articles and prepare your research reports and papers.

For new graduate students in the Departments of Applied Physics and of Physics, specialized orientation sessions are also scheduled as part of their departmental orientations.

Lathrop Library

Come learn about the technology expertise and resources available including 24-hour computer spaces, the media studio, create:space, and The Tech Desk at the Lathrop Learning Hub. Tours will begin in the first floor lobby of Lathrop, near the Tech Desk. Each tour will last a half-hour and are offered at the following dates and times:

New students and parents

  • Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3:00-3:30 pm

For more information, see Lathrop Library.

Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound

The Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound will have a tour on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10-11 am and 11 am-12 noon

The tour is limited to 25 participants; additional tours can be arranged.

Incoming Music Department graduate students are urged to contact Ray Heigemeir to arrange a personalized introduction to the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound. Contact Ray at

For more information, see Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound.

Science (Robin Li and Melissa Ma)

The Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library will offer tours to new students. Please sign up for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10-11 am and 2-3 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12 noon-1 pm and 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 11 am-12 noon and 4-5 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10 am and 1-2 pm